USCIS Starts Producing New More Secure Travel Documents

Starting October 24, 2019, USCIS will begin producing more secure travel documents to prevent document fraud and counterfeiting. The new U.S travel document looks similar to a U.S passport. According to USCIS, these new travel documents can serve as substitute to Form I-327, Permit to Reenter the U.S and Form I-571, Refugee Travel Documents. Lawful permanent residents typically use Form I-327 to return from a trip abroad.

One popular type of travel document used often is the re-entry permit. Generally, the re-entry permit is used by legal permanent residents (LPR) to leave the U.S for a lengthy period of time without having their U.S residence to be considered abandoned. A trip of more than a year will automatically invalidate a LPR’s permanent residency status as the U.S government will assume that the LPR have abandoned their U.S residency. A reentry permit establishes the LPR’s intent that s/he plans on returning and that s/he does not plan on abandoning their U.S residency. In addition to having the re-entry permit, the LPR should also try to maintain close family ties in the U.S, a U.S job, filing U.S income tax returns, etc. The re-entry permit is valid for 2 years starting from the date of issuance, allowing the LPR to remain abroad for up to 2 years. To obtain the re-entry permit, the LPR would have to file form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving abroad. If the LPR is planning to stay abroad beyond the limits of the re-entry permit, the LPR would have to re-apply for another re-entry permit in the U.S. To learn more about re-entry permits, please visit

These new travel documents produced by USCIS incorporate various security minded designs. Specifically, the new travel document will include 3 levels of security design which can verify the authenticity of the document by forensic laboratory examination.

Despite the production of these new documents, USCIS states that “prior versions of travel documents will remain valid until their expiration date.”

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